Ultimate Chocolate Cake or what! The funny thing is I really didn't mean to make it, it just sort of happened. I had a pot of Soured Cream in the fridge which was about to go out of date (I can't remember for what recipe I had originally purchased it for), did some googling.... and the rest as they say is history. Lowen, with a chocolate covered mouth muttered something about wanting this cake for her birthday (3 weeks and counting), so with a bit of fairy magic I will transform it into the perfect birthday cake for a fairy loving 3 year old - adorned with edible glitter, smarties and hundreds and thousands.....can't wait!
| Serves: 10 Slices | Prep Time: 30 Minutes | Cook Time: 30 Minutes | Total Time: 1 Hour |
- 200g plain flour
- 200g caster sugar
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
- 40g best-quality cocoa
- 175g soft unsalted butter
- 2 large eggs
- 1 tsp real vanilla extract - or if you wanted to make a choc orange cake omit the vanilla and add zest of 1 orange
- 150ml sour cream
- FOR THE ICING:
- 75g unsalted butter
- 100g dark chocolate, broken into small pieces
- 75g milk chocolate
- 300g icing sugar
- 1 tablespoon golden syrup
- 125ml sour cream
- Step 1: Preheat the oven to 180°C/gas 4 and line and butter two 20cm sandwich tins.
- Step 2: Put all the cake ingredients – flour, sugar, baking powder and bicarb, cocoa, butter, eggs, vanilla and sour cream – into a food processor and process until you have a smooth, thick batter.
- Step 3: Divide this batter into the prepared tins and bake for about 30 mins, but check after 25 mins.
- Step 4: Remove the cakes, in their tins, to a wire rack and let cool for 10 minutes before turning out of their tins.
- Step 5: To make the icing, melt the butter and chocolate in microwave.
- Step 6: Put the icing sugar into the food processor and blitz.
- Step 7: Add the golden syrup to the cooled chocolate mixture, followed by the sour cream and vanilla then pour this mixture down the funnel of the food processor on to the icing sugar, with the motor running.
- Step 8: When the cakes are cooled place one on a serving plate then put a little of icing on top of the cake and spread evenly. Place the other half of the cake on top then cover the whole cake in the icing using a palette knife. Decorate as you wish, I used some sugar flowers.